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E3 2015: Hollowpoint Hands-On

by: Travis -
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Hollowpoint was one of my more memorable gameplay experiences at this year's E3. Developed by Scotland-based Ruffian Games, creators behind Crackdown 2, Hollowpoint is a hybrid shooter in which players are able to switch between 2D side-scrolling and 3D over-the-shoulder perspectives.

A large portion of the game is based around customization and unlocking gear through taking on procedurally-generated contracts. The level of customization is extensive ranging from various character skills to weapons and armor. While the game can be played in a single-player mode, it becomes a far more compelling experience with other people. The game supports up to four players in cooperative contracts that unleash wave upon wave of enemies.

The game's narrative has players running an Organization in which they utilize operatives that vary in their preferred weapons and skills. The character design of operatives reminded me of the visual style of Agents in Crackdown 2 in regards to their weapons and armor. Taking place in the 22nd century, players take contracts from Mega Corporations that are occupied with ongoing corporate warfare. Certain objectives are provided in each contract along with the constant supply of enemies that work to stop your progress.

The transition from 2D to 3D is instant and can be activated by zooming your weapon inward or taking cover via environmental objects. Enemies sometimes come from both directions requiring players to be constantly aware of their surroundings. The weapons ranging from sniper rifles to machine guns feel great to use in-game. Between combat players can switch between their operatives if they wish to use different weapons or skills. No gameplay elements were overly complicated or confusing as both controlling your character's movement and weapons just felt right.

I'm most excited about playing this game upon launch with a group of friends online. From my brief time with the game at E3, I can definitely say to add Hollowpoint to the top of your watch list. Hollowpoint will be available this year for PlayStation 4 and PC.